[Ryukobo]”Edo craftsmanship” Shines as a Store Display for an Overseas Boutique
Ryukobo's "kumihimocurtain" makes an appearance as a building material for display at an overseas boutique that opened in the fall of 2020.
Ryukobo, established in Nihombashi, Tokyo 131 years ago, has long passed down the technique of makingkumihimo—braided cord that was introduced to Japan during theAsukaperiod and is said to have developed in theEdoperiod as an auspicious item. Ryukobo assembled a “kumihimocurtain” as a store display for an overseas boutique that opened in the fall of 2020.
This “kumihimocurtain” uses approximately two tons of thread, is 23 kilometers in length, and all 550 braids have been tied together by hand. Those knots symbolize the connection between the people, culture, and generations of Japan and the rest of the world.
This display was a new challenge for Ryukobo, as we had always given form to the ideas of “use and beauty.” The display will provide an opportunity to reexamine the significance of the existence ofkumihimoin the era of the new coronavirus, where connections with others are increasingly being sought, emphasizing the importance of human relationships that the culture ofkumihimohas always represented.